TaMiya Dickerson and Joel Stallworth took their 18-month-old son, Sammy, to Santa Monica Place shopping mall on July 5.
The black family walked into a Nike store where their son picked up a Nike Swoosh Mini basketball.
Little Sammy was transfixed by the $12 basketball so the couple decided to purchase it for him.
But as they left the store in California, Dickerson and Stallworth say they were racially profiled by the white manager.
She accused them of stealing a the basketball they had bought and called the cops.
Stallworth explained that the family were walking out of the store, when the manager chased them down.
She wouldn’t believe them when they told her they had bought the basketball.
Instead the manager – now dubbed Basketball Becky online – continued to follow the family before flagging down Santa Monica police officers for help.
The bewildered parents began filming the incident after at least three cops got involved.
“This is ridiculous, we purchased this basketball in the store,” Dickerson says in the video posted on Facebook.
After showing their receipt to the officers, the couple went back to the store for a refund.
The family say Basketball Becky never apologized.
“She had zero evidence that I stole anything. She couldn’t have evidence because I bought it. She discriminated against me,” Stallworth told KTLA.
‘She planted an evil seed in the officer, so as soon as the officer came up to me, he said: “Sir, give me the stolen ball.”‘
Stallworth and Dickerson have no hired a lawyer – calling their experience “humiliating.”
“What we’re hoping to do is to get Nike to have some sort of understanding and meeting of the minds to find out if this was an isolated act, or is this something that is more pervasive within the society of the employees that they hire,” attorney Stephen King said.
In May of last year, a California woman nicknamed ‘BBQ Becky’ on social media called police on a black family having a barbecue in an Oakland Park.
A month later, another white woman from California caused outrage by calling the cops on a black girl selling water on the sidewalk. She too earned a nickname of “Permit Patty.”